A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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In A Streetcar Named Desire, when Williams writes that Blanche resembles a moth, is there meaning in this description?

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There is something about her uncertain manner, as well as her white clothes, that suggests a moth.

Tennessee Williams's description of his character Blanche duBois is, indeed, apt as, moth-like, she is never definitive, she desires illusion, and she courts danger.


  • When Blanche first arrives at her sister's, she seems flighty, asking what street she is on and realizing that she has arrived earlier than expected. After the neighbor lets her in, Blanche espies some whisky, takes a furtive drink; then, she tells herself, "I've got to keep hold of myself!"
  • Having had, by her own admission, many...

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